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Server Salary

How Much Does a Server Make in the United States?

The average salary for a Server in the United States is base plus tips per month or $35,457 base plus tips per year, according to the most recent data averaged from Glassdoor, Indeed and Salary.com.

Average Server Base Salary:
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$17.05
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17.05

The average wage for a Server is base plus tips per hour.

In addition to their base salary, Servers receive a significant portion of their income from tips, which can vary based on factors such as the type of establishment, location and level of service provided.

Annual Mean Wage of Servers by State

[Calculated using Glassdoor, Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Salary.com, Talent.com and Zippia data]

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Server Salary in Major US Cities

Miami

Average mean wage

$37,520

New York City

Average mean wage

$40,041

Chicago

Average mean wage

$40,380

Los Angeles

Average mean wage

$42,625

[Calculated using Glassdoor, Indeed and Talent.com data]

High-Paying Cities for Servers

CityAvg SalaryAvg Hourly Wage
Chicago, IL40,38019.41
Los Angeles, CA42,62520.49
Miami, FL37,52018.04
NYC, NY40,04119.25

Average Server Salary by State

Explore the average Server salary by state.

StateAvg. Salary
Alabama$22,690
Alaska$36,150
Arizona$49,080
Arkansas$29,060
California$43,200
Colorado$41,630
Connecticut$41,760
Delaware$34,780
Florida$37,050
Georgia$28,840
Hawaii$44,620
Idaho$32,030
Illinois$33,910
Indiana$29,400
Iowa$30,050
Kansas$34,520
Kentucky$29,120
Louisiana$29,160
Maine$47,570
Maryland$39,430
Massachusetts$40,830
Michigan$39,590
Minnesota$25,850
Mississippi$24,610
Missouri$36,810
Montana$23,950
Nebraska$37,330
Nevada$32,360
New Hampshire$39,070
New Jersey$46,590
New Mexico$37,590
New York$51,040
North Carolina$29,990
North Dakota$35,210
Ohio$33,930
Oklahoma$24,590
Oregon$34,250
Pennsylvania$33,890
Rhode Island$41,900
South Carolina$22,770
South Dakota$28,590
Tennessee$29,210
Texas$29,350
Utah$35,480
Vermont$60,200
Virginia$37,580
Washington$57,960
West Virginia$33,410
Wisconsin$31,230
Wyoming$30,300
District of Columbia$51,970

How Much Do Similar Careers to a Server Get Paid?

Servers earn less than Fine-Dining Servers but more than Food Runners and Bussers.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Fine Dining Server
Food Runner
Busser

Labor Laws and Taxes for Servers

As a Server, you need to be aware of the minimum wage, overtime pay, leave and tipping policies in your state.

Check out the guides below or view more labor laws:

To easily calculate federal, state and local taxes in your state, use our free Paycheck Calculator.

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